WA bid to build world-first microscale LNG plant

WA bid to build world-first microscale LNG plant

PREMIER Mark McGowan has announced a $10 million boost to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market that could create up to 1400 new jobs.

The State Government has teamed up with the University of Western Australia and the LNG industry to develop a world-first microscale LNG plant in Kwinana.

LNG companies, contractors, service providers and small to medium businesses would be able to test and refine new processes in a live plant environment.

It is expected the plant would have the capacity to produce 10 tonnes of LNG per day.

Mr McGowan made the announcement from the 19th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG19) in Shanghai.

“This is a major investment to further position Western Australia as a global LNG hub,” he said.

“Western Australia has the local talent and expertise to help shape the LNG jobs and operations of the future, and this facility will only strengthen the State’s unique advantages.

“The LNG Futures Facility will future-proof WA’s LNG industry and shows the world that Western Australia is a global leader in the development of LNG technologies.

“The State Government will work together with UWA and all industry partners to secure Commonwealth Government support and bring this project to fruition.”

The industry-led initiative has been backed by UWA, Chevron, Shell, Hyundai Heavy Industries and National Energy Resources Australia.